Best of 2017: 7 Sources of Home Repair Assistance for Seniors

home repair assistance for seniors

Home modifications help seniors live more independently

Home modifications and repairs help seniors live in their homes for as long as possible. Making your older adult’s home safer and more accessible reduces fall risk, prevents accidents, and increases independence.

Home updates can also reduce energy usage, which lowers utility bills.

The good news is that there are many financial assistance programs available. These programs help older adults get the home modifications they need even if they don’t have the budget for it.

We’ve rounded up 7 ways to find home repair assistance for seniors so you can get the updates that will improve your older adult’s quality of life.




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7 sources of home repair assistance for seniors

1. Area Agency on Aging
Contact the county Area Agency on Aging to find out about home modification and repair funds provided by the Older Americans Act.

Grants may also be available through other local government programs. Check with the city or county housing or community development department.

 

2. Home energy update assistance programs
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income households pay for heating and cooling energy costs, energy crisis assistance, weatherization, and energy-related home repairs.

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) gives financial assistance to update homes so they’ll be more energy efficient and weatherized.

 

3. Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization that helps with repairs and home modifications to promote health, safety, and independence.

 

4. U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Section 504 Home Repair program provides grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to fix health and safety hazards. It also provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their homes.

 

5. Medicare and Medicaid
Medicare and Medicaid won’t pay for home modifications, but they will pay for durable medical equipment with a doctor’s prescription. That could include a bath transfer bench, toilet safety frame, hospital bed, walker, wheelchair, and more.

Talk with your older adult’s doctor to find out if durable medical equipment could be used to improve their health and safety at home.

 

6. Sliding scale and reduced fee contractor services
Some contractors are willing to do home modifications for seniors at a reduced fee or on a sliding scale, depending on the senior’s income. When calling contractors for estimates, ask if this is an option for your older adult.

 

7. Insurance
Some long-term care insurance policies cover some home modifications. Check your older adult’s policy for details.

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Image: Wisconsin Rural Housing

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply January 15, 2018

    Linda Mills

    Hi, my name is Linda. I’M IN NEED OF HELP! MY HOUSE IS FALLING APART. So am I, i sure would appreciate it if someone would! I’m a senior citizen, low income and live by myself.

    • Reply January 20, 2018

      DailyCaring

      I’m so sorry about the situation. I hope that one of these organizations can help with the repairs that you need.

  • Reply January 14, 2018

    Sara Scott

    Hi my name is Cynthia and I am reaching out for my mom for extreme emergency home repairs. My mom had cancer, heart condition and extreme back pains where it limits her from walking too far. My mom also suffers from depression where she has lost 3 sons and a husband within these few years and they were the ones that kept the home together. Now I am reaching out to do or get help for repairs done to my mom home. I ask that if u can PLEASE consider her for the help she truly need. Her name is Sara Scott. Thank You Cynthia Manuel

  • Reply December 27, 2017

    Peggy snow

    I live in a mobile home that has steps in five different places two sets inside the house and three going outside. I keep falling up the stairs inside the house and I have hurt myself each time. I would like to find a mobile home that the inside floor is all one level. I am a senior on ss and my granddaughter lives with me and I don’t have much extra money. I’m afraid that as I
    Age it will get worse. Thanks for any help

    • Reply January 3, 2018

      DailyCaring

      I’m so sorry about those accidents 🙁 Being able to move to a new place that’s all one level would be ideal. In the meantime, it sounds like it may help to get some railings or ramps added to make it safer to move around. The 7 organizations mentioned above in this article could help you find local resources that provide home repair assistance at low cost.

      You may also want to contact your local Area Agency on Aging to see if they have other resources that could help — http://dailycaring.com/local-community-resources-for-seniors-and-caregivers-area-agency-on-aging/

  • Reply December 21, 2017

    Nick

    Hi: My Name is Nicholas. Please help me. I am an 87-year-old veteran of the Korean War, Disabled and low income. I live in a Low Income Senior Mobile Home Park with my Wife. I need some help with my roof. Shingles are flying off and it leaks when it is raining, and I need some repair for some loose electrical outlets hanging out from the wall. I really need this help, please! Thank you for any consideration. Nick!

    • Reply December 21, 2017

      DailyCaring

      I’m so sorry this is happening. I hope that one of these organizations can help you with the repairs that you need.

  • Reply December 6, 2017

    jackey payne

    I need someone to help me get my celling repaired don’t have any extra money to get it fixed with my daughter passed away and I have her son who is in college takes all I make to live on and send him some spending money so he want be out here doing things he don’t have no business doing I live in a mobil home and it really needs some up dating floors and painting and a few other things done I am disable and live on a fixed income any help would be greatly appreciated thank you jackey

    • Reply December 6, 2017

      DailyCaring

      Jackey — I’m so sorry for the loss of your daughter. I hope that the organizations in this article can help you get the repairs you need ❤

  • Reply November 29, 2017

    gladys norman

    i am a senior citizen with a disability.i am on a low income and ned help with home repairs.i live in a mobile home hom and i desperately need kool-seal on my roof.it is rusting and i am afraid its going to start leaking.i also need a few more things done

    • Reply December 5, 2017

      DailyCaring

      Hi Gladys — I’m so sorry to hear about the repair situation. I hope the organizations and resources linked in this article will be able to help.

  • Reply October 6, 2017

    Gildardo A. Garcia

    Leaking roof must be fixed for elderly couple but need an affordable price

    • Reply October 6, 2017

      DailyCaring

      I hope some of these resources are helpful for their roof

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